When the ancestors of the Wishingtume family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lancashire
, at Washington.
The name of this village derives from the Old English word wassingatun,
meaning a settlement of the people of Wassa,
a personal name
which combines Old English elements meaning hunt
Early Origins of the Wishingtume family
The surname Wishingtume was first found in Durham
at Washington, a parish, in the union of Chesterle-Street, E. division of Chester ward. It is said that from this parish rose the stock that George Washington, the American patriot claims descent. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There is another parish named Washington in Sussex.
Early History of the Wishingtume family
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Wishingtume Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wishingtume has been recorded under many different variations, including Washington, Washingtone and others.
Early Notables of the Wishingtume family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Reverend Lawrence Washington (1602-1653), an English rector, and the great-great-grandfather of George Washington; John Washington (c.
1631-1677), an English Virginia planter
and politician from Purleigh, Essex
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Migration of the Wishingtume family to Ireland
Some of the Wishingtume family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wishingtume family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wishingtumes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Richard Washington settled in Virginia in 1639; John and Lawrence Washington settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657; Thomas Washington settled in Barbados in 1670.